Make the most of the final days of summer — 4 cool rivers to visit on a hot day.


With only a few weekends left before the unofficial end of summer, now’s the perfect time to think about making the most of the still-warm weather. Head to your favorite river to make sure you’re getting everything you can out of the dog days of summer.

Some places to check out:

Kennebec River - Augusta, Maine. Flowing from Moosehead Lake to the Atlantic Ocean, this previously dammed river now has an abundance of fish, and recreational opportunities.

Colorado and Gunnison Rivers - Grand Junction, Colorado. The town of Grand Junction banded together to create new riverfront trails and parks run alongside the Gunnison and Colorado rivers in this old gold mining town. A series of clean-ups ensure the area stays pristine. 

Hitchcock Creek - Rockingham, North Carolina. Another great dam removal story, Hitchcock Creek now runs free after the removal of an 1800s cotton mill dam that had fallen into disuse. The removal of the dam restored more than 15 miles of fish habitat, the area now boasts hickory shad, blueback herring, striped bass and Atlantic sturgeon.

Wolf River - New London, Wisconsin. In 2003, the Wolf River was spared from the development of a zinc and copper sulfide mine when two tribes bought the intended site and kills the plans. Formerly name one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™, the Wolf River is now protected to support clean water, tourism jobs and tribal culture. Offers excellent paddling.